Trump Threatens To Pull Federal Aid For Devastating California Wildfires | NBC Nightly News


CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR, CRITICIZING HIM FOR HOW HE HAS CRITICIZING HIM FOR HOW HE HAS HANDLED THE DISASTER. HANDLED THE DISASTER. SARAH HARMAN NORTH OF LOS SARAH HARMAN NORTH OF LOS ANGELES. ANGELES.>>Reporter: DEVASTATING FIRES>>Reporter: DEVASTATING FIRES SCORCHED NEARLY 100,000 ACRES SCORCHED NEARLY 100,000 ACRES AND FORCED THOUSANDS FROM THEIR AND FORCED THOUSANDS FROM THEIR HOMES, THE PRESIDENT LASHED OUT HOMES, THE PRESIDENT LASHED OUT AT CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN AT CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM AND THREATENED TO PULL NEWSOM AND THREATENED TO PULL FEDERAL FUNDING TWEETING EVERY FEDERAL FUNDING TWEETING EVERY YEAR IT’S THE SAME THING AND YEAR IT’S THE SAME THING AND THEN HE COMES TO THE FEDERAL THEN HE COMES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR MONETARY HELP. GOVERNMENT FOR MONETARY HELP. NO MORE. NO MORE. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, GOVERNOR. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, GOVERNOR. AND BLASTED NEW SOMESOM’S FOREST AND BLASTED NEW SOMESOM’S FOREST MANAGEMENT. MANAGEMENT. I TOLD HIM THE FIRST DAY WE MET I TOLD HIM THE FIRST DAY WE MET HE MUST CLEAN HIS FOREST FLOORS. HE MUST CLEAN HIS FOREST FLOORS. HE DOUBLED DOWN ON THE SOUTH HE DOUBLED DOWN ON THE SOUTH LAWN. LAWN.>>HE’S LIKE A CHILD.>>HE’S LIKE A CHILD. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING. EVERY YEAR IT’S CALIFORNIA. EVERY YEAR IT’S CALIFORNIA. IT’S RARELY SOMEBODY ELSE OR IT’S RARELY SOMEBODY ELSE OR SOME PLACE ELSE. SOME PLACE ELSE.>>Reporter: NEWSOM FIRED BACK,>>Reporter: NEWSOM FIRED BACK, YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. CHANGE. YOU ARE EXCUSED FROM THIS YOU ARE EXCUSED FROM THIS CONVERSATION. CONVERSATION. THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED CLEANING THE FOREST FLOORS CLEANING THE FOREST FLOORS BEFORE, SUGGESTING SPECIFICALLY BEFORE, SUGGESTING SPECIFICALLY THEY BE RAKED AFTER THE THEY BE RAKED AFTER THE DEVASTATING CAMPFIRE THAT KILLED DEVASTATING CAMPFIRE THAT KILLED 85 PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT SAID — 85 PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT SAID –>>TAKE CARE OF THE FLOORS, YOU>>TAKE CARE OF THE FLOORS, YOU KNOW, THE FLOORS OF THE FOREST. KNOW, THE FLOORS OF THE FOREST. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.>>Reporter: ADDING HE HAD TAKEN>>Reporter: ADDING HE HAD TAKEN ADVICE FROM FINLAND’S PRESIDENT. ADVICE FROM FINLAND’S PRESIDENT.>>THEY HAD SPENT TIME ON RAKING>>THEY HAD SPENT TIME ON RAKING AND CLEANING AND DOING THINGS AND CLEANING AND DOING THINGS AND THEY DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM. AND THEY DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM.>>Reporter: THE FINNICHLT SH>>Reporter: THE FINNICHLT SH PROBLEM LATER SAID HE DIDN’T PROBLEM LATER SAID HE DIDN’T RECALL MENTIONING RAKING. RECALL MENTIONING RAKING. FOREST FIRES ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE FOREST FIRES ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN STARTED BY FAULTY POWER BEEN STARTED BY FAULTY POWER LINES AND EQUIPMENT. LINES AND EQUIPMENT. RESIDENTS IN NEIGHBORHOODS RESIDENTS IN NEIGHBORHOODS REACTING TO THE PRESIDENT. REACTING TO THE PRESIDENT.>>HE NEEDS TO COME DOWN HERE>>HE NEEDS TO COME DOWN HERE AND SEE WHAT’S BURNING AND AND SEE WHAT’S BURNING AND WHAT’S NOT. WHAT’S NOT.>>CALIFORNIA IS NOT MANAGED>>CALIFORNIA IS NOT MANAGED WELL AT ALL ON ALL FRONTS. WELL AT ALL ON ALL FRONTS.>>Reporter: SPARKS OF>>Reporter: SPARKS OF CONTROVERSY AS THE FLAMES DIE CONTROVERSY AS THE FLAMES DIE DOWN. DOWN.>>SARAH IS WITH US.>>SARAH IS WITH US. HOW CONTAINED ARE THOSE FIRES HOW CONTAINED ARE THOSE FIRES TONIGHT? TONIGHT?>>Reporter: KATE, FIREFIGHTERS>>Reporter: KATE, FIREFIGHTERS FINALLY HAVE THE UPPER HAND THIS FINALLY HAVE THE UPPER HAND THIS EVENING BUT NOW THAT THE EVENING BUT NOW THAT THE EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFT EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFT FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SOME FOLKS ARE FINDING THEY SOME FOLKS ARE FINDING THEY DON’T HAVE A HOME TO RETURN TO. DON’T HAVE A HOME TO RETURN TO. KATE, SOME OF THE WORST FIRE

100 thoughts on “Trump Threatens To Pull Federal Aid For Devastating California Wildfires | NBC Nightly News

  1. Yeah…. The guy who mismanaged 5 casinos into bankruptcy, the one business where people literally throw money at a company, getting nothing for it, and he thinks he knows something about managing forests and fires…. It amazes me that people aren't telling Trump every time he speaks… You lost the money of people who give you money for nothing, you're not qualified to say words.

  2. When Commiefornia refuse to do controlled burns because MUH FEELS!!! You get uncontrolled burns…
    Welcome to socialist country!!!

  3. Maybe you dipshits should ban matches. If you live in a flood area, buy flood insurance. If you live in a hurricane area, buy hurricane insurance.. if you live in California, well, you are too stupid to buy fire insurance.

  4. Our President is right…. it is fake news….. and yes Newson is a horrible governor and Los Angeles mayor caused the homeless problem to escalate.
    The fires are suspicious…. remember we had a professional arsonist start the fire decades ago…. it is too coincidental these "Fire Seasons"… its not climate change.

  5. Trump is literally a criminal, he'll get his impeachment, probably will resign like Nixon, and then things can start moving forward again, instead of backwards. Republican, or Democrat, two sides of the same coin.

  6. I believe Trump was told that by the Finnish leader and that he did pass that advice on to Gavin Newsom. Newsom needs to be recalled.

  7. California has the worlds 6th largest economy by itself. Without California, the US would not even make the top ten in worlds economies….

  8. so in other words he's got an issue with this one particular dude so he's going to punish his tax payers by allowing their neighborhoods be swallowed by a raging inferno.

  9. PG&E…..Get your sh!t together! Gov. Newsom…..SAME!
    A state is similar to a business. If there are 1 or 2 trouble employees, its a problem of employees. Likewise, if the whole company has trouble, its a problem of management.

  10. After living out there for years, and working in forestry some of that, it is the states fault that they have so many fires. Deadfall trees and branches everywhere in woodedareas, and overgrown brush filled with windblown trash, is a fire hazard waiting to happen.
    They could afford to take care of the land and the trash if they weren't spending most of their budget on bread and circuses for the masses.. or they could if they only spent tax dollars on citizens..

  11. If Cali offered to hold a public trial of Trumps political rivals do you suppose he would send money to the state?

  12. Leftest want to be rewarded for progressive mismanagement and screw ball regulations that have led up with this. Tried of California being the dependent state creating homeless, tent cities and driving off their working class.

  13. no brains, absoluty like a child doesnt know a rake would have saved all this destructions.🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Thank God we have such an intelligent president; obviously the dean of trump University. A genius 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂

  14. Either way, fires are inevitable. It is a matter of allowing nature to take its course in a controllable manner.

    And even that takes long game planning.

  15. The American president doesn’t understand how a brush fire starts… the same man that could nuke all of us into oblivion…

  16. DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR SLACKING OFF….CANNOT BLAME OUR POTUS ON THIS ONE. A GOVERNOR IS THERE TO WORK…NOT TO ASSIST WITH FLAKY THINGS OF STATE. LIKE…………. AND……., AND…….., OH, YES AND …………! TRUMP 20.

  17. The thought that California would actually manage it's forest grounds, "How dare you"
    California is so corrupt, so broken, so mismanaged to the point of sending a task force to Sacramento.
    Newsome has an army of rakers living in the streets. give them a job, give them a purpose,
    and by all means, pay them and provide affordable housing.

  18. Gee, I think refusing to do your job by not giving out disaster relief or shutting down the government in a temper tantrum would be further grounds for impeachment, for dereliction of duty. 🤔

  19. PG&E should have been more actively trimming dry trees. Vegetation can ignite when it rubs against high-voltage wires which are the kind that sit at the top of the large power lines that run between cities because those wires aren't usually covered in insulation. Because of this lack of proper maintenance combined with the general climate of California, PG&E's equipment led to more than 1,500 fires between June 2014 and December 2017 which was planning to cost them billions of dollars in legal claims so they filed for bankruptcy back in January. Gov. Newsom hasn't done his job in curtailing this issue or demanding they have a comprehensive strategy in dealing with trimming these branches back and dealing with their faulty equipment. Shame on PG&E and shame on the Governor for both playing a role in allowing this problem to become this big.

  20. You voted for this clown… you wanted chaos? Here WE GO… good luck! Buy a gun, YOU WILL NEED IT 🙂 <3… He is right about "cleaning the brush" But it is too late… BOOMERS! Now just sit back and wait for the BOOM! That ya`ll refused to protest against in VET` NAM!

  21. California has fires mudslides and earthquakes. Only the earthquakes can't be prevented. Get better forest management to cut down on fires and have PG&E held responsible for fires created by faulty power lines. Unfortunately most politicians are in the pocket of PG&E. Also don't build on hillsides. You can't say anymore that people want a good view, because most days you can't see across the canyon from the smog.I lived in Cal for years but I'm from the Midwest and we have annual flooding. At least we learned from our mistakes a lot of flood plain area is no longer available to homes and businesses. Now they're parks or sports fields. It doesn't end all loses from flooding but it helps.

  22. Thank you, Mr. President. The Governor should have hired CA residents to take care of this issue to prevent the spreading of such horrible fires. It’s a horrible occurrence but dammit, your constituents (like me) shouldn’t have to foot the bill for your elected officials corruption. Vote him out and elect someone with integrity.

  23. All of the Fire's that started with Faulty powerlines could have been PREVENTED by burying powerlines under ground? The powerlines would also be Protected from weather elements!!

    Everytime I see the huge powerlines running through forests and open fields, I think that's a Disaster waiting to happen! 😯😕

  24. Being a regular camper and resident in California, I can agree that the lack of ground maintenance makes it a lot tougher to fight fires. Invest towards better fore roads and more access points. Create jobs to clear vegetation debris, it would exponentially help.

  25. The a-hole in chief wants to have the entire state made of concrete and install "ginormous" fans in that other ocean to blow the Santa Ana and Diablo winds "the other way"

  26. You elected this clown so deal with his clownish style of running this country… next time maybe elect a real politician…

  27. President Trump again shows his .. inability to listen and faithfully recall what others tell him at the least. perhaps a willful ignorance
    leaves are the least of the problem causing massive fires. and I bet Finland actually doesn't rake their forest floors
    > www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-partanen-finns-dont-rake-the-forest-floor-20181119-story.html ( as i thought )
    .. www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/11/19/why-finland-is-so-good-handling-forest-fires-hint-its-not-because-raking/

    actually wildfires are part of the natural system that we — humans — have interfered with, increasing fire danger
    > some trees can only spread by wildfires ( sequoia, lodgepole pine and other pyrophytic plants )
    .. smaller, more regular fires also clear the understory brush which is the majority of fuel in fires
    .. leaves, needles, etc. provide only a flash — the brush is what sustains and allows fire to grow ( research best methods to start/maintain a campfire )
    .. catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9230/html
    .. you might also look into the cost and logistics of getting enough people to rake . . . 198,815 acres so far in California, alone

  28. What do the fires have to do with climate change? PG&E started the fire! Get all those illegals CA pays foods stamps, housing and allows them to vote to fight the fires for you. You know, jobs Americans don’t want to do. Oh and while your at it, get the hollyweirds out there fighting it for you. All they have done is disrespect, threaten, and trash the POTUS. Now you want help!

  29. for someone who wanted to make the country 'great again' he's really doing a TERRIBLE job at it. Feel bad for California with those fires.

    And calling someone a child? is he serious?

  30. "Trump vows ‘no more’ federal aid to California as devastating wildfires continue to burn." – Nov 2019

    "U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia…" – Aug 2019

  31. Have any of you CA people on here called your Governor to complain or you just blame Trump for all your problems. The Governor is in charge of your state. Duh!!!

  32. Gov. GREEDY GAVIN….” BUT, I NEED MONEY FOR MY SUPER (DUPER) SPEEDY COMMUTER TRAIN THAT I MIGHT NEVER BUILD “ 😫😭😫🍼
    PRESIDENT TRUMP…..” HE (DUPED) US ON THAT DARN TRAIN, NOW WANTS MONEY FOR A GIANT FIRE EXTINGUISHERS “👎

  33. GOOD! It's because of California policy of no longer cutting fire barriers and allowing construction and development in the wrong places that are to blame. We (the rest of the country) shouldn't have to keep footing the bill for the ignorance of the coastal states with our tax dollars. People live there because they CHOOSE to live there. Maybe they should consider making better choices. This has NOTHING to do with supposed man made climate change. If someone make the choice to live in a known fire zone….live with it. But remember. YOU MADE THAT CHOICE.

  34. You were put here by God, do your business President Trump, the majority of us don’t believe anything they have to say anymore!

  35. Anyone who blames the governor is ignorant!

    no one can control these disasters but look at how your president feels. no remorse or ambiguity. Shameful leader

  36. Paul Stamet should tell him that our forrest floors need that mycorhhizae. He just wants an excuse to log for lumber. Just like g.w. bush did.

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